This year marks 70 years since Nazi concentration camps were liberated at the end of the Second World War.

Jewish people all over the world are set to commemorate this milestone during Yom HaShoah – or Holocaust Memorial Day – on Wednesday, April 15.

In honour of the anniversary, Hampstead Garden Suburb artist Barbara Jackson has created a special exhibition of paintings, etchings and mutli-media work detailing the journey of her Jewish father from Germany to England.

“It is really what happened to my parents,“ explains Barbara, whose exhibition is entitled Dance of Life: The Story of a German Jewish Family.

She continues: “It is about a German Jewish family who were living a prosperous and happy life until Hitler came into power, and I wanted to show how comfortable the German Jews were and the coming of the darker period.“

Tracking the journey of her father, the collection begins with pieces inspired by his service for the German Luftwaffe during the First World War, and continues to explore his life in Germany after the war, before tracing the darker stages during the Holocaust.

“He heard Goebbels speaking in about 1934 and he came home and said we are leaving,“ explains Barbara, who teaches art classes at the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Golders Green.

“Everybody thought he was crazy, German Jews were integrated into society and felt very protected.“

Barbara’s father and mother escaped Nazi Germany as refugees in 1935, and set up home in Hendon, but tragically both her grandmother and great-aunt died in concentration camps.

The St Martin’s School of Art graduate says: “I just want people to be aware of the different processes of people coming to this country.“

London Jewish Cultural Centre, North End Road, Golders Green, April 20 to May 14, 10am, Sundays, 11am. Details: 020 8457 5000,